Saturday, January 29, 2011

Sale-A-Bration Begins - Biggest Sale of the Year - Don't Miss it!

Sale-a-Bration, or SAB, started this week and thousands of Stampin' Up! customers are enjoying choosing FREE STUFF from the SAB brochure.  Stamp sets, ribbon, designer scrapbook paper, buttons, Decor Elements- even a CD with all SAB content in digital form.  It's an opportunity that started on January 25th and continues through March 31, 2011.  

How does it work?  It's so easy.  Just take a look at three easy ways to earn FREE products:

spend. If you are new to Stamping or Scrapbooking, or are looking for a creative way to start the New Year, your first $50 will purchase all the basics to use with your new free stamp set. Here’s just one example of what you can get for just over $50, supplies to make well over 100 greeting cards:

Cat. #
Page #
8 ½ x 11 Cardstock – Whisper White (40 sheets)
8 ½ x 11 Cardstock – Assorted (24 Sheets)
Basic Black Classic Stamp Pad
101179 $5.95 169
Classic Stamp Pad 100908 $ 5.95 165-69
Designer Series Paper (12 double sided sheets) choose $ 9.95
Scallop Edge Punch
So Happy for You (sentiment stamps)

$ 53.25

host. Workshop hostesses during Sale-A-Bration have an additional hostess benefit available to go with the already generous benefit.  The minimum workshop amount to qualify for hostess benefits is $150 in product sales.  During SAB most guests place at least a $50 order.  So if you and six guests each place a $50 order, not only will each guests receive one FREE SAB selection, you, as hostess, will receive an additional one.  Plus, your normal hostess benefits of a Level I Hostess selection from any current catalog and $35.00 in free product.
join.  Join the Stampin’ Up! family by becoming a demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration and get 15% off your Starter Kit.  Plus, get a bonus bundle filled with over $50 in FREE product.  I love, love what I do and want you to love it too!
It's an exciting time to be creative.  I love the vintage craze- so soft and feminine.  I will be posting some cute cards made with products from the SAB brochure and our yummy Occasions Mini Catalog over the next few days.  You're gonna love them.
Here's where you can find more info and place your online order.  Or you can email me and I will place your order straight away.  And, if you decide this is the time to get that Big Shot Diecut/Embossing Tool, I will let you choose any embossing folder as my gift to you!



Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Snowed in with a Princess

So, we were planning to go to Franklin to see sweet Isabella on Monday.  But, with snow in the forecast for both here and there, we decided to get ahead of the weather and headed out Sunday after church.  We figured that if we were going to be snowed in, why not be snowed in with a Princess.    It didn’t start snowing in Franklin until after midnight and when we woke up on Monday morning there was 4-5 inches on the ground and it was so beautiful- just like our sweet little Isabella.  I couldn’t wait to show her the snow through the sunroom windows.  I think she was impressed, but you just can’t be sure what they think at 7 weeks!


We gave her a bath one night- all five of us were assigned a task.  One to get the water just right, one to disrobe the baby and then keep her warm, one to hold the towel ready for the hand-off and two to wash all those cute baby parts.  Bo said it reminded him of an oil change.  One baby and five people running around doing their respective jobs.  She was a little peeved at first, then relaxed and seemed to really enjoy it.  By the time we finished and the water started cooling you would think she was at the spa…totally relaxed and very interested at the baby in the mirror.

Here are a few pictures – I think you might enjoy them.

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

I’m in Love!!! with Stampin’ Up! fabric

Today was my first try with the gorgeous fabric from Stampin’ Up!’s Occasion Mini Sew Suite.  Actually this is my first try at doing something with our fabric at all.  I got both sets of Holiday fabric and admired it for months but didn’t actually attempt using it on a project.   Now I have two more great sets from the new mini.  Plus the buttons, brands and all accessories.  I even have the Big Shot dies to make cool fabric flowers.  I’ve studied samples made by my favorite stampers and fellow demonstrators, but just didn’t take the plunge….until today.

Shelli (Stampin’ Up! co-founder) has challenged us this month to try something new to celebrate the new year.  So I decided it was time to pull out my fabric and do something- start small and then I can work up to bigger projects.  So I did.  I took a small strip of the gorgeous garden pattern of Springtime Vintage, crinkled it and frayed it a little bit and accented my card.  And I am in love.  The sewing machine has been dusted and a corner of my dining table cleared.  So, watch out, I hope to be able to showcase this beautiful fabric along with other items from our Occasions Mini. 

I think this will be a great workshop make and take.  It’s fairly simple and I love, love the colors.

Shelli Try Something New January Challenge 1-8-11

All supplies can be purchased on my Stampin’ Up! website:

Stamps: Button, Button (Occasions Mini), Trendy Trees

Paper: Rose Red, Very Vanilla

Ink: Always Artichoke, Rose Red

Accessories: Circle punches- 1/2, 3/4, 1”; Rose Red Seam Binding Ribbon, Springtime Vintage Designer Fabric, Springtime Vintage Designer Buttons, Regals Buttons, Antique Trinkets, Linen Thread, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, SNAIL

We are getting ready for a little snow in West Tennessee.  It’s very exciting because just a few inches shuts down the town and it’s a wonderful time to be retired and enjoy being at home. 



Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Happy Birthday Scott!!!

What a great day we had on January 2nd as we celebrated the birthday of our youngest son, Scott.  God blessed us with this wonderful child 39 years ago and he has been a joy to us each day.  This birthday was special because we were together to celebrate.  Scott lives in Marietta, GA but has been with us for several weeks during the holidays.  He requested his favorite dessert – Hello Dollies – which we call Birthday Dollies just for him.  So, here are some photos and my recipe for this delicious and easy peasy dessert.

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Birthday Dollies
Prep time: 10 minutesDollies 4
325 degrees for 30 minutes (preheat)
Serves: 2-3 dozen bars


1-1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 stick butter
1 package 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
1-1/2 cup flaked coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
1 14 oz can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk


In a small bowl, add the graham cracker crumbs to melted butter and mix.  Press mixture firmly on the bottom of a 9” X  13” glass baking dish. Layer the next three ingredients, then pour the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the ingredients. Bake 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool (may be chilled). Cut into bars.  Store covered at room temperature.

Until next time…..



Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Occasions Mini Catalog Sales Begin January 4th, 2011

You've seen a few sneak peaks from the Occasions Mini and now you can order these gorgeous stamps, fabric, Designer Series Paper and other coordinating items.  Let me know if you need a copy and I will get it to you ASAP.

Also need to remind you that Sale-A-Bration, Stampin' Up! biggest sale of the year, will begin January 25th.  For every $50 you spend, you will get to choose an item from the SAB brochure OR a stamp set in the current Idea Book and Catalog valued at $14.95 or less.  Workshop totals soar during Sale-A-Bration, so book your workshop now for terrific hostess gifts.

It's 2011!!!  Can you believe it?  I can't wait to see what God has in store for me and my family this year.  I always feel renewed and redeemed when a new year begins and I hope you do too.




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